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Expert on Developing Technologies in an Age of Constant Disruption; Author of "Unleashing the Killer App"

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Larry Downes Biography

Larry Downes is an expert on developing business strategies in an age of constant technological and legal disruption.

Downes is author of the New York Times and Business Week business blockbuster, "Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance," which has sold over 200,000 copies and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology.

His new book, “Pivot to the Future," written with Omar Abbosh and Paul Nunes, details a dramatic new approach to strategy and execution for businesses that are facing constant technological disruption, which, increasingly, is all of them.

His other books include the best-selling “Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in an Age of Devastating Innovation," “The Laws of Disruption” and “The Strategy Machine."

He writes regularly for The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Washington Post, and CNET, covering the intersection of technology, politics and business.

He has written for a variety of other publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, Inc., The Economist, Wired, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Recode, The Hill, Congressional Quarterly, Slate, The European Business Review, The Boao Review and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Downes has held faculty appointments at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he was Associate Dean of the School of Information. From 2010-2019, he was project director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. From 2006-2010, he was a nonresident Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society.

Speaking Topics
  • Unleashing the Killer App.

    Based on his bestselling book, Larry Downes provides a framework for rethinking the nature of business in today's wired economy, with digital strategies for market dominance. The goal is to take advantage of new technologies to create new goods and services and to thrive in, not just endure, the new business environment. Topics include intellectual capital as a source of new products, building an information supply chain, and overcoming obstacles to corporate transformation.

  • The Laws of Disruption.

    With technology as the driving force for growth in almost every industry, the intersection of business strategy, technology, and law affects nearly everyone. Any organization that has regular interactions with customers in an online environment has an interest in addressing these issues. Larry Downes explains that as Americans spend more of their time living digital lives, organizations will no longer have sole authority over the way their business is run. Organic change, developed in concert with consumers, is more likely to be the future. Downes provides strategies for anticipating customer needs, and staying ahead of changes in regulation. He addresses privacy issues, copyrights, patents, software and more, with case studies from companies like Facebook, Google, and Research in Motion.

  • The New Industrial Revolution

    Clear away the debris of the boom-and-bust cycles of information technologies, and you find profound transformations going on across industries • transformations driven by information technology innovations that go well beyond the Internet. Larry Downes argues that sooner or later every industry will wake up and find itself, like the character in Franz Kafka's novel "The Metamorphosis", changed into a cockroach. What are the stages of change? What are the warning signs that the hard parts are upon you? What are the tools executives need to thrive in the emerging new industry structures? Is being a cockroach such a bad thing after all?

  • Building An Information Supply Chain:

    History teaches that the development of new business infrastructure is harder than it looks but, once it's done, surprising new applications and new sources of wealth result. Across industries, improved information flows and the introduction of disposable computing directly into consumer goods is creating a parallel supply chain built on information about the underlying transactions. In many industries, this information supply chain will be the future source of profits. How do you position yourself today to thrive in that future?

  • Technology Against The Law: The Coming Regulatory Nightmare And How To Stop It

    Technology revolutions create regulatory chaos, perhaps never more so than today, as new developments in information technology, biotechnology, materials, energy and other fields challenge long stable social and political assumptions. Companies that hope to benefit directly or indirectly from innovation need to understand this accident-prone intersection and take seriously their obligations to educate governments and consumers about the risks of reflexive regulation.

  • "Extreme" Collaboration:

    The increased availability of transaction data from an exploding set of sources is enabling a new generation of business applications that will revolutionize the supply chain, breaking many old links even as it forges new ones. As data breaks down barriers within and between organizations, what are the possibilities for "extreme" collaboration?

    The Strategy Machine • The Merger Of Planning And Execution

    As in many previous technological revolutions, the difference between winners and losers boils down to successful, sustained execution and the discipline of strategy. Some companies have learned that in times of accelerated change, the only way to succeed is to remove the obstacles to change and integrate planning and execution as never before.

Books
Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation

Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation

The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age

The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age

The Strategy Machine: Reinventing Your Business Every Day

The Strategy Machine: Reinventing Your Business Every Day

Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance

Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance

Estrategias digitales para dominar el mercado (Spanish Edition)

Estrategias digitales para dominar el mercado (Spanish Edition)

The Information Advantage: What Highly Competitive Companies Know About Technology And Strategy

The Information Advantage: What Highly Competitive Companies Know About Technology And Strategy

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Larry Downes for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Larry Downes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Larry Downes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Larry Downes?

    Booking fees for Larry Downes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Larry Downes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Larry Downes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Larry Downes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Larry Downes for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Larry Downes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Larry Downes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Larry Downes Biography

Larry Downes is an expert on developing business strategies in an age of constant technological and legal disruption.

Downes is author of the New York Times and Business Week business blockbuster, "Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance," which has sold over 200,000 copies and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology.

His new book, “Pivot to the Future," written with Omar Abbosh and Paul Nunes, details a dramatic new approach to strategy and execution for businesses that are facing constant technological disruption, which, increasingly, is all of them.

His other books include the best-selling “Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in an Age of Devastating Innovation," “The Laws of Disruption” and “The Strategy Machine."

He writes regularly for The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Washington Post, and CNET, covering the intersection of technology, politics and business.

He has written for a variety of other publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, Inc., The Economist, Wired, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Recode, The Hill, Congressional Quarterly, Slate, The European Business Review, The Boao Review and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Downes has held faculty appointments at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he was Associate Dean of the School of Information. From 2010-2019, he was project director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. From 2006-2010, he was a nonresident Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society.

Larry Downes Speaking Topics

  • Unleashing the Killer App.

    Based on his bestselling book, Larry Downes provides a framework for rethinking the nature of business in today's wired economy, with digital strategies for market dominance. The goal is to take advantage of new technologies to create new goods and services and to thrive in, not just endure, the new business environment. Topics include intellectual capital as a source of new products, building an information supply chain, and overcoming obstacles to corporate transformation.

  • The Laws of Disruption.

    With technology as the driving force for growth in almost every industry, the intersection of business strategy, technology, and law affects nearly everyone. Any organization that has regular interactions with customers in an online environment has an interest in addressing these issues. Larry Downes explains that as Americans spend more of their time living digital lives, organizations will no longer have sole authority over the way their business is run. Organic change, developed in concert with consumers, is more likely to be the future. Downes provides strategies for anticipating customer needs, and staying ahead of changes in regulation. He addresses privacy issues, copyrights, patents, software and more, with case studies from companies like Facebook, Google, and Research in Motion.

  • The New Industrial Revolution

    Clear away the debris of the boom-and-bust cycles of information technologies, and you find profound transformations going on across industries • transformations driven by information technology innovations that go well beyond the Internet. Larry Downes argues that sooner or later every industry will wake up and find itself, like the character in Franz Kafka's novel "The Metamorphosis", changed into a cockroach. What are the stages of change? What are the warning signs that the hard parts are upon you? What are the tools executives need to thrive in the emerging new industry structures? Is being a cockroach such a bad thing after all?

  • Building An Information Supply Chain:

    History teaches that the development of new business infrastructure is harder than it looks but, once it's done, surprising new applications and new sources of wealth result. Across industries, improved information flows and the introduction of disposable computing directly into consumer goods is creating a parallel supply chain built on information about the underlying transactions. In many industries, this information supply chain will be the future source of profits. How do you position yourself today to thrive in that future?

  • Technology Against The Law: The Coming Regulatory Nightmare And How To Stop It

    Technology revolutions create regulatory chaos, perhaps never more so than today, as new developments in information technology, biotechnology, materials, energy and other fields challenge long stable social and political assumptions. Companies that hope to benefit directly or indirectly from innovation need to understand this accident-prone intersection and take seriously their obligations to educate governments and consumers about the risks of reflexive regulation.

  • "Extreme" Collaboration:

    The increased availability of transaction data from an exploding set of sources is enabling a new generation of business applications that will revolutionize the supply chain, breaking many old links even as it forges new ones. As data breaks down barriers within and between organizations, what are the possibilities for "extreme" collaboration?

    The Strategy Machine • The Merger Of Planning And Execution

    As in many previous technological revolutions, the difference between winners and losers boils down to successful, sustained execution and the discipline of strategy. Some companies have learned that in times of accelerated change, the only way to succeed is to remove the obstacles to change and integrate planning and execution as never before.

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  • How to book Larry Downes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Larry Downes for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Larry Downes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Larry Downes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Larry Downes?

    Booking fees for Larry Downes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Larry Downes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Larry Downes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Larry Downes for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Larry Downes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Larry Downes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Larry Downes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Larry Downes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Unleashing the Killer App., The Laws of Disruption., The New Industrial Revolution, Building An Information Supply Chain:, Technology Against The Law: The Coming Regulatory Nightmare And How To Stop It and "Extreme" Collaboration:. The estimated speaking fee range to book Larry Downes for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Larry Downes generally travels from Berkeley, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gary Hamel, Geoffrey Moore, James Citrin, Erik Qualman and Josh Linkner. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Larry Downes for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Larry Downes Speaking Topics

  • Unleashing the Killer App.

    Based on his bestselling book, Larry Downes provides a framework for rethinking the nature of business in today's wired economy, with digital strategies for market dominance. The goal is to take advantage of new technologies to create new goods and services and to thrive in, not just endure, the new business environment. Topics include intellectual capital as a source of new products, building an information supply chain, and overcoming obstacles to corporate transformation.

  • The Laws of Disruption.

    With technology as the driving force for growth in almost every industry, the intersection of business strategy, technology, and law affects nearly everyone. Any organization that has regular interactions with customers in an online environment has an interest in addressing these issues. Larry Downes explains that as Americans spend more of their time living digital lives, organizations will no longer have sole authority over the way their business is run. Organic change, developed in concert with consumers, is more likely to be the future. Downes provides strategies for anticipating customer needs, and staying ahead of changes in regulation. He addresses privacy issues, copyrights, patents, software and more, with case studies from companies like Facebook, Google, and Research in Motion.

  • The New Industrial Revolution

    Clear away the debris of the boom-and-bust cycles of information technologies, and you find profound transformations going on across industries • transformations driven by information technology innovations that go well beyond the Internet. Larry Downes argues that sooner or later every industry will wake up and find itself, like the character in Franz Kafka's novel "The Metamorphosis", changed into a cockroach. What are the stages of change? What are the warning signs that the hard parts are upon you? What are the tools executives need to thrive in the emerging new industry structures? Is being a cockroach such a bad thing after all?

  • Building An Information Supply Chain:

    History teaches that the development of new business infrastructure is harder than it looks but, once it's done, surprising new applications and new sources of wealth result. Across industries, improved information flows and the introduction of disposable computing directly into consumer goods is creating a parallel supply chain built on information about the underlying transactions. In many industries, this information supply chain will be the future source of profits. How do you position yourself today to thrive in that future?

  • Technology Against The Law: The Coming Regulatory Nightmare And How To Stop It

    Technology revolutions create regulatory chaos, perhaps never more so than today, as new developments in information technology, biotechnology, materials, energy and other fields challenge long stable social and political assumptions. Companies that hope to benefit directly or indirectly from innovation need to understand this accident-prone intersection and take seriously their obligations to educate governments and consumers about the risks of reflexive regulation.

  • "Extreme" Collaboration:

    The increased availability of transaction data from an exploding set of sources is enabling a new generation of business applications that will revolutionize the supply chain, breaking many old links even as it forges new ones. As data breaks down barriers within and between organizations, what are the possibilities for "extreme" collaboration?

    The Strategy Machine • The Merger Of Planning And Execution

    As in many previous technological revolutions, the difference between winners and losers boils down to successful, sustained execution and the discipline of strategy. Some companies have learned that in times of accelerated change, the only way to succeed is to remove the obstacles to change and integrate planning and execution as never before.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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